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Grand Rounds is the School of Medicine alumni magazine. Each issue of Grand Rounds will be tied together by a cohesive theme. Focusing on a singular topic will allow us to share our work with you in more depth, weaving together a complete, holistic view of an issue that’s driving our SLU School of Medicine community forward. 

Here you can read more about the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, engage with your fellow alumni, stay in touch, and share your feedback. Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy the latest issue of Grand Rounds.

In Memoriam

Deceased School of Medicine Alumni and Former Residents.

This list is includes the School of Medicine alumni and former residents who we have received notice of passing away since our last issue of Grand Rounds:

  • Samuel Rubin 1943
  • Senatro DiLeo 1945
  • Robert Brennan 1946
  • Robert Burke 1947
  • John Roll 1948
  • Charles Steffen 1950
  • Joseph Bitzan 1951
  • C. Wall 1951
  • Marvin Menne 1952
  • George Dell 1952
  • B. Robert Aigner 1952
  • Herman Echsner 1952
  • Joseph Ezzo 1953
  • John Dolan 1954
  • William Donovan 1954
  • George Stead 1954
  • Richard Mamiya 1954
  • Thomas Votel 1955
  • Theodore TePas 1955
  • Alvin Goldenson 1955
  • Robert Riley 1955
  • John Tillis 1956
  • Robert Woolsey 1957
  • Walter Stafford 1957
  • Daniel Hogan 1958
  • Stanley Bartus 1958
  • Joseph Mersol 1958
  • Edward Herman 1959
  • James Farrell 1959
  • John Hogan 1959
  • Robert Kloecker 1959
  • William Sturner 1959
  • Robert Westerheide 1959
  • Robert Malench 1959
  • James Flynn 1961
  • Jan Goff 1961
  • John Crotty 1962
  • James Durham 1963
  • William Bodner 1963
  • Chester Haverback 1963
  • Charles Hughes 1964
  • John Conomy 1964
  • Thomas Reardon 1965
  • T. O'Brien 1966
  • Kenneth Allen 1966
  • George Biesinger 1966
  • James Furstoss 1967
  • Merwyn Larson 1967
  • Nancy Green 1967
  • Dennis Stanczyk 1968
  • Fotios Ganias 1969
  • Hubert Bonfili 1969
  • Ronald Auclair 1969
  • Carl Perkins 1974
  • David Porter 1974
  • Gerald Harvey 1977
  • Hillard Scott 1977
  • Gretchen Van Natta 1980
  • Khawla Khan 1987
  • Melanie McCleave 1992
  • Robert Nee 1992
  • Philip Caruso 1993
  • Deborah Budge 2002
  • David Barrett 2006
Class Notes
  • Dr. Mario Martini (’49) is a retired pediatrician with 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.
  • Dr. Jerome Schulte (’59) recently released his book “Wisdom For Life” through Inkwell Books.
  • Dr. Michael Suchenski ('62) has been retired for two years after 48 years of pediatric practice.
  • Dr. Paul Lagomarsino ('63) retired after 55 years of Orthopedic Surgery.
  • Dr. Edward Chow ('63) was reappointed to his eighth term on the San Francisco Health Commission by Interim Mayor Mark Farrell, in January 2018, and currently serves as its President and Chair of the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Joint Conference Committee.
  • Dr. Thomas A. Tomsick ('70) has been awarded the 2018 Outstanding Contributions in Research by the Foundation of the ASNR for his extensive research and participation in multiple studies of mehtods and devices for treatment of aneurysms, vascular malformations, and strokes. Dr. Tomsick was presented his award at the ASNR President's Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Robert G. Alloo, M.D. ('75) is now a published author with the release of In the Warmth of the Limelight: The Untold Story of the Unlikely Partnership of Sir Walter Scott and His Lawyer, John Gibson, WS.
  • Dr. Thomas Hanley (Med '77, A&S '73) recently retired from his position as VP of Medical Affairs with the SSM Health Medical Group in St. Louis. He had a long and distinguished career as an OB/GYN Physician in St. Louis (including a role as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Ob/GYN for the SLU Medical School) before becoming a full-time Physician-Executive with SSM in 2012. Hanley also served 2 stints as the Interim-President of the SSM Medical Group.
  • Dr. Thomas Thompson ('77) was inducted into the Cleveland Clinic Akron General's Society of Distinguished Physicians   at the Society's 39th Annual Fellowship Dinner at Portage Country Club in October 2018. Dr. Thompson, a resident of Akron, is the chairman of the Department of Orthopedics and has been on staff at Akron General since 1986. He is a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at NEOMED, where has been teaching since 1987. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
  • Dr. Richard Lazaroff (’78) has been elected to the Board of Directors at the St. Louis Bridge Center, the 7th largest duplicate bridge club in the United States.
  • Dr. Christopher Callahan ('85) is a Three Regenstrief Institute scientist who received recognition for his contributions to healthcare. Chris Callahan, M.D., was chosen as a finalist for the Indianapolis Business Journal's 2019 Health Care Hero awards. The award honors individuals and organizations in central Indiana who are making a significant impact on the quality of care in the Indianapolis area. Dr. Callahan was nominated in the physician category. He has worked for 30 years to improve the health of older adults. In addition to being a renowned researcher, he is also a practicing physician. Dr. Callahan was the founding director of the Center for Aging Research, and he currently serves as the chief research and development officer at Eskenazi Health, where he also directs the Brain Health Patient Safety Learning Laboratory. His work is focused on improving care for people with late-life depression and dementia. He has developed interventions that are now real-world programs. He has also testified before Congress, having a direct influence on policy related to Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He has received many honors, including being chosen to serve as the Society of General Internal Medicine's 2018 Distinguished Professor of Geriatrics.
  • Dr. Mark Varvares ('86) was promoted to a Professor at Harvard Medical School.
  • Dr. Anthony Jerant ('91) has been chosen as the new chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UC Davis. Jerant, who joined UC Davis Health in 1998, leads a team of about 20 physicians who provide comprehensive care for patients of all ages, educate the next generation of primary care physicians, and research new ways to treat disease and improve community health. He has had over $9 million in career extramural research funding, and over 100 career research publications.
  • Dr. Tram Dao ('95) is currently practicing as a hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Santa Clara, California.
  • Dr. Mark Vaughan ('96), Family Physician located in Auburn, California, produced a pilot for a medical drama web series. It is a fictional story about a Physician Assistant who is forced to save her medical practice from demise, leading her to discover a life-changing secret. The series will give a peek behind the exam room curtain into the practice of primary care medicine. It will show Madison, the Physician Assistant, deal with issues of addicted patients, pressures of practicing ethically in the face of consumer demand, and hope provided by new options for payment models developing within Medicare. Dr. Vaughan raised funds with a kickstarter campaign and shot in mid-April 2018. If it all goes well there will be another kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete the first season of the series. The pilot will be entirely shot at Vaughan's office, the Auburn Medical Group.
  • Dr. Amanda Ombrello ('03) has had her work published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article documents her experience in treating individuals with monogenic autoinflammatory syndrome, which causes recurrent strokes.
  • Dr. Ellen Nicastro ('04) was promoted to associate medical director for pediatric primary care at Mercy Clinic St. Louis.


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